Breathtaking Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding Proves that Love Wins
If you have never been to a wedding with 16 bridesmaids before, that’s because you don’t know Paige and Kristine Falk. The two women met as friends and teammates on the East Chapel Hill high school soccer team, and fell in love years later when fate brought them back together. Located in their hometown, The Barn of Chapel Hill was the perfect wedding venue. The historic white barn with its natural wood beam ceiling and overflowing wildflowers stole Paige and Kristine’s hearts.
If only they could find a wedding planner with as much natural beauty and grace as their wedding venue… Thank God Cheryl-Anne Kast of Kast Events & Co arrived on the scene with expert wedding knowledge and experience! Kast Events & Co designed a charming color palette of white, pale greens, pinks, dusty blue, and gold accents to complement the spring blossoms surrounding the barn wedding venue.
“Cheryl-Anne Kast and her team are not only masters at making weddings beautiful and seamless, they are funny, caring, insightful, efficient, honest, extremely helpful and an absolute blast to work with,” raved the brides.
Swapping Soccer Cleats and Shinguards for Engagement Rings and Bridal Gowns
Kristine and Paige started out as friends and teammates on the East Chapel Hill High School Soccer team. Grueling practices in the hot NC sun, painful injuries, sweat, tears, and laughter created an unforgettable bond between the women’s soccer team. Every year the team reunited for a rowdy night of dinner, drinks, and sprints down memory lane at their favorite Chapel Hill restaurant, Top of the Hill. It was at one of these reunions that Kristine and Paige hit it off and never looked back.
Years later around Christmas time, Kristine decided it was time to pop the question. Kristine made a personalized book for Paige called, “I love you – My reasons why” as an extra special Christmas gift. She whisked Paige away from the family noise to give her the book alone on the patio. One by one family members joined the couple on the patio, stealing Kristine’s solo proposal spotlight! When Paige turned to the last page of the book she read those four little words, “Will you marry me?” The rest is history.
After Kristine and Paige found their dream bridal gowns, they went on the hunt for the perfect pair of wedding shoes. While trying on shoes the two got caught up in the moment and began dancing around in the closet while wearing their wedding dresses. One of the many reasons Kristine loves Paige is because they can get lost in the beautiful little moments together without realizing it,
“I only realized how ridiculous it was once I looked in the mirror and saw us laughing and swaying in our dresses. It was a really sweet and somewhat silly moment when we realized what we were doing. So many people thought it was crazy that we would see each others dresses, but I wouldn’t take back those moments for anything.”
Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding Day Preparation Kit: Parasols and Prosecco
Kristine and Paige felt that trying to avoid seeing each other before the wedding ceremony was way too stressful and not half as fun as getting ready together! The brides opted for a casual first look at their Barn of Chapel Hill wedding followed by popping the bubbly with all 16 bridesmaids. Kristine chose a Claire Pettibone design from Gilded Bridal that beautifully complemented Paige’s white lace silhouette bridal gown. The soccer gals wore gorgeous two piece dresses with silver grey skirts and white pearl tops.
Bouquets of white hydrangeas, pale pink peonies, fresh greenery, and wildflowers whispered countryside romance. The brides did not have to go far for their wedding bouquets, The Barn of Chapel Hill at Wild Flora Farm supplied all of their bridal blossoms. Kristine and Paige placed delicate flowers in their hair to match the mood of their country chic wedding, “We love the song by the Lumineers called “Flowers in Your Hair,” which we kept singing to each other once we had flowers in our hair.”
Vintage parasols served as unique bridal party photo props while also protecting guests from the harsh sunlight!
Rustic and Romantic Wedding Ceremony at The Barn of Chapel Hill
Kristine and Paige chose to share their vows in front of two stunning barn doors at The Barn of Chapel Hill. The doors stood by as a meaningful symbol for opening the door to a new chapter of their lives together as a married couple. Their ceremony officiant, readers of original letters and poems, and ceremony musicians were all siblings, family, and close friends. Including family and friends in their wedding ceremony was especially important for Kristine and Paige, as they have all played roles in their life journey and story of love.
Fairytale Wedding Reception Designed by Kast Events & Co
Following their wedding ceremony, Kristine and Paige invited their guests to take part in an outdoor cocktail hour on the lawn. Signature cocktails named after the brides dogs, Jack and Molly, added a fun personal detail to the cocktail treats! As guests shared delicious appetizers together on the lawn, Kast Events & Co put the final touches on the fairytale wedding reception inside The Barn of Chapel Hill. CE Rental supplied elegant gray clay salad and dinner plates stacked at each place setting with dusty blue napkins wrapped around them. There were low and lush flower arrangements at each table full of white hydrangeas and roses, pale pink peonies, greenery and wildflowers. Gold pillar candle sticks and tea lights were distributed throughout the tables that created a magical glow throughout the barn. Get Lit Event Lighting hung gold and geometric chandeliers from wooden ceiling beams to add a modern touch to the rustic barn wedding reception. Kristine and Paige were beyond happy with their wedding day festivities,
“A day of pure bliss and overwhelming love and laughter as we promised our lives to each other surrounded by our closest family and friends. We were humbled by how loved that day made us feel.”
A classic sparkler exit following the Barn of Chapel Hill wedding ushered Kristine and Paige off toward their honeymoon adventure.
Today, Paige is the CEO of an organization called Extraordinary Ventures (EV) located in Chapel Hill, that helps small businesses to create employment opportunities for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and Kristine is a cardiologist at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.
Want to see more of Kast Events & Co’s incredible NC wedding designs? Check out this Chapel Hill wedding celebration at Rock Quarry Farm here.